The circumstances that can lead to Veteran homelessness can involve many issues, from financial, to mental health, to family circumstances, to failures with the system, and much more. The Royal Canadian Legion is actively involved in advocating for supports and solutions for homeless Veterans.
It was the Legion who hosted the first homeless Veterans Forum in 2014 and we continue to be fully involved in working to find solutions. Ontario Command started a program called "Leave the Streets Behind" to help homeless and near-homeless Veterans. In 2012, the Legion expanded the program nationally. With the help of Poppy Funds, "Leave the Streets Behind" provides emergency financial support, and short term and long term solutions to help homeless or near homeless Veterans get off the streets and into a home of their own.
We continue to be fully involved in working to find solutions, coordinating the annual Legion's Veterans Homelessness Advisory Committee each year to help develop a coordinated approach across all stakeholders to address the issue.
Primary advocacy position(s) on this issue:
- Government to develop a homeless Veteran strategy that coordinates the efforts of national service providers and organizations to identify priority areas and gaps in several key areas including causes of homelessness, outreach and communication, services and programs, accessibility and coordination of effort.